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Bessbrook Duathlon on Friday

Steve Malone

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Steve Malone

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steve.malone@newrydemocrat.com

THE eagerly awaited Bessbrook Duathlon, sponsored by Mackin’s, Accident Repair Centre, Hilltown, will take place this Friday, August 3.

All proceeds from the sprint Duathlon, occurring in the beautiful, scenic part of South Armagh and incorporating the historic Model Village of Bessbrook and the neighbouring countryside, will go to the Special Olympics, Ireland World Games, Abu Dhabi 2019 fund.

The event, open to over 18-year-olds, will comprise a two-mile run an 11-mile bike ride before finishing with another two-mile run. The race will start at 7pm.

The event is dedicated to the memory of sporting brothers Malachy and Philip Patton. Philip participated in it many times while Malachy supported it totally.

Special trophies in their memory will be presented to the first man and first woman across the finish line. The entry fee is £20 and registration can be obtained online at:

www.active.com/newry-down/duathlon/races/bessbrook-sprint-duathlon-2018?int=

In previous years the tough bike route put many people off but event organiser Paddy Duffy has changed the course and now it’s a lot less challenging. There will be post event refreshments for all participants.

Meanwhile, as part of the Bessbrook Duathlon evening, and in conjunction with the Ellen’s Journey (Solving Kids Cancer Fund), the committee are organising a family walk to raise much-needed funds for this worthwhile charity.

The walk will also take place on Friday, August 3, and will start at 6pm from the bottom of the Boiler Hill and continue through the Village, The Pond Field, Mill Road, High Street, Camlough Road, through Derramore before finishing at the bottom of the Boiler Hill, a distance of approximately 2.2 miles. Entry Fee is £5 per person or £10 per family.

Registration for the walk will take place at Bessbrook Town Hall from 5pm on Friday.

The Patton families are also fully supportive of this event. Sponsor cards are available from Terence Feehan and Claire O’Neill.

The organising committee would appeal for as many people as possible to support this walk and this worthy charity

Click on either of the links to read more about Baby Ellen:

https://solvingkidscancer.org.uk/campaigns/ellentreanor/

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/terencefeehan

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